The President of Uganda National Chamber of Trade and Investment (UNCTI), Mwesigwa Rukaari, has been elected to serve as a co-opted member on the 20-member World Chamber of Federation General Council (WCFGC) that governs the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
The ICC is a global network of chambers of commerce from more than 100 countries with the mandate of promoting international trade and global regulation of business activity.
It brings together the world’s leading companies, SMEs, business associations and local chambers of commerce as well as representing interests of members of the World Trade Organisation, United Nations and the G20.
Mwesigwa was among the 20 members elected from 46 candidates by ICC members in November.
The appointment letter dispatched this week called on his support in representing the voice of the global chamber community within the ICC.
ChimpReports understands the first meeting for the new WCF General Council will be held on 12-13 February in Paris, France at the ICC Headquarters.
UNCTI was created in 2019 as a non-profit autonomous business membership organization to represent and protect interests business community in Uganda by supporting trade and promoting the country as an international business and investment hub.
Rukaari, who runs American Procurement Company, also serves on the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the ruling NRM party as Chairman Entrepreneurs League.
Speaking on his election, Rukaari observed: “I intend to mobilize and be the link to SMEs in Uganda, the East African Community and Africa at large to participate in WFC’s activities which are designed to promote the role SMEs play in the global economy.”
He added: “I will help guide SMEs on how to access the support needed to grow. This will be through the programmes I currently overse, supervising business incubation centers. I have been an advocate for private sector led growth and using the WCF platform, I intend to continue this advocacy so that private sector players take the lead in transformation of economies in Africa.”